Well it is that time of year again that the flu and cold bugs come out to play at the same time most people head indoors to train. Weather in most parts of the US have been unseasonably warm so far this autumn that when the cold finally came it was a shock to me. I particularly do not like winter; I cannot train outside when I want to and I am done with layering. My years of training in any weather may be behind me but you never know.
I was planning on writing about training while sick, and as I had this draft on my server, I noticed Lyle Macdonald already wrote everything you need to know.
You can read his article here.
While I agree with his take on training when sick, I also feel the same way about working when sick. Most of us think about the loss of time and money we create when we are out. If I apply the selfish principle that Lyle wrote about to this, we would see just how selfish we are.
By going in to an office while sick, most people never know if they are contagious, and that is selfish. You risk getting other people sick and in turn creating more downtime for your company because more than 1 person got sick and either they did not come in (yay for them) but more importantly maybe they came in and half assed it while swigging Tussin and taking Tylenol.
In either case work or weights, please take the time to think about how your actions affect others. Not only does karma exist, but it sucks when it comes around and slaps you in the face. Hard. Twice.
Half assed efforts pay off neither in the workplace or weightroom.